RESOLUTION ON HIGH-STAKES TESTING

Please read and circulate!   http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/ This resolution is modeled on the resolution passed by more than 360 Texas school boards as of April 23, 2012. It was written by Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; […]

New York’s Common Core Pre-K Standards: They’re Not Kidding Around

An angry New York City parent of a preschooler got my attention on Twitter. “Are you f**king kidding me?” she wrote. “I may just quit my job and home-school my daughter.” I wondered what on earth could be so terrible. I soon found out: the New York City Department of Education’s “Common Core–aligned tasks embedded […]

Nobel Prize Economist Refutes David Coleman's Crackpot Literacy Theory

Common Core Curriculum Standards entrepreneur David Coleman is barnstorming the country claiming that schools need to de-emphasize fiction and obliterate any semblance of reader response. No feelings, no imaginations, no speculations: Just the facts, kid. What children need, asserts Coleman, whose connection with what US public schoolchildren need is a masters degree from Oxford, is […]

Questioning the Dream Act: A Latina Speaks Out

  This is a very insightful critical analysis from Ms. Andrea Zamudio regarding the Dream Act and a very dubious provision within it—-the military provision. This provision is one that aims to refuel America’s Imperialist Military Machine, all the while using Latinos to engage in war acts against other brown and black nations. This provision […]

21st Century Segregation: Inverting King's Dream

Brian Jones has asked us to pause during the 2011 MLK Day to consider King’s reaction to the achievement gap that persists well into the twenty-first century, suggesting that education policy begun under George W. Bush—No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—and accelerated under Barack Obama works against King’s dream. As Jones mentions, political leaders are apt […]

Critical thinking: what the ruling class fears most

Abdicating reasoning: Surrendering the debate over teaching, testing and assessment to the constables of obedience training A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education confronts the issue of whether students are really learning in college classrooms and if so, how they might be able to assess learning (September 5, 2010,Why Teaching Is Not Priority […]

Standardized Testing: A Race to Nowhere

Race To Nowhere is an excellent description of the standardized testing movement. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, increased the role of the federal government in public education and also expanded the role of standardized testing. This morning, I had a conversation with another educator who was ending a California State Testing week. […]